Build Your Backyard
Summer Staycation 2020- Build Your NEW Breathtaking Backyard
Since safety is #1 right now, why not build your backyard into summer sanctuary? Here are a few ideas to get you dreaming.
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#1 Have a clear theme.
Rather than trying to throw together 10 of your favourite pinterest pix, start by looking at the architecture of your home and matching it with design ideas that will complement your space. This way, your new additions will appear as a seamless transition to your current space, not a separate entity. Residential contractors in Vancouver like FairTradeWorks, often help clients tie their separately thought out spaces together into one flowing backyard oasis.
#2 Choose your outdoor building materials carefully.
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Outdoor spaces have to weather a lot of extreme conditions including rain, snow, wind and sun. Regardless of whether you are considering an outdoor kitchen, sitting area or pool, you have to research what products will last and be functional and not just what looks good. It may be more expensive to build a permanent roof for instance but if you want to save your outdoor furniture and electronics, you should be prepared for a larger price tag. Your more durable material choices will also reduce your annual replacement and maintenance costs year over year. Residential contractors in Vancouver like FairTradeWorks are used to the rain, moss and mold and experts at knowing which material vendors to work with who offer excellent warranties and value.
#3 Functionality Versus Your Budget
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We frequently are called in to rescue projects that homeowners have tried to save on, with a quick DIY, only to be disappointed by their results. The real disappoint sets in thought, once they find out that the thousands of dollars they spent are lost on their poor quality design and craftsmanship and they have to start over. The biggest planning tip we can give you as professional contractors is to have a detailed budget. We all know that outdoor kitchens for example aren’t cheap but if you have decided that you want to build value and functionality into your outdoor entertaining area, you have to be prepared to make the investment. Outdoor kitchens need electricity, running water for clean-up and ideally need refrigeration for safe storage of foods/drinks and condiments. It is far wiser to downscale the size of your project and do it well than to add a large space which is not connected to hydro and water or use low grade materials. When planned and executed properly, an outdoor kitchen eliminates indoor entertaining and cooking for many months of the year and adds great resale value.
#4 Light Up Your Life.
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When designing an outdoor space, don’t think of only the daylight hours of your new space but how you will enjoy it well into the late night hours.
When choosing lighting, think of overhead brightness, whether you want pendants, if recessed cans will work and whether you even want floor lamps or an overhead fan for added ventilation.
#5 The Devil is in The Details.
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The wish list for an ideal outdoor living space can be as complex as an indoor room but to start you might ask yourself why you want the space, how you will use it, what your budget allows for and then start breaking your list into subcategories including, mini-appliances, electronics, fire places, furniture, fixtures, draperies or shade treatments, and even greenery.
For a free consultation on how you can transform your backyard into your safe sanctuary this summer, call your local residential contractor, FairTradeWorks at 604-264-7366 today or email us at ContactUs@FairTradeWorks.biz